Burna Boy ft Lily Allen – Heaven’s Gate/ Sekkle Down ft J Hus

Here we were thinking that Burna Boy was going to let us enjoy ‘Deja Vu’ for a few months but no on the 19th of Jan he dropped the visuals for his single ‘Heaven’s Gate ft Lily Allen.

Burna collectively snatched the little life left, this all efforts for a mixtape, let’s go over that again…A MIXTAPE! that will be released on 26/01, we cannot add much more.

The visuals of the video see Burna rapping in a kitchen while a woman vibes out cooking a meal in other scenes his in a barbershop, chilling on a couch while others play video games and with Lily Allen offering her oh so unique vocals somewhat reminiscent of her collaboration with Common.

You can watch the video for ‘Heaven’s Gate’ below and it also features a Jea5 produced track ‘Sekkle Down’ ft J Hus.

Sauti Sol ft Tiwa Savage – ‘Girl Next Door’

Sauti Sol released their second single from their upcoming fourth studio collaboration album ‘ Afrikan Sauce’.  The group promises to release a single each month and thus far they have done so with the ‘slightly’ controversial video (only according to Ezekiel Mutua) ‘Melanie’ and now we have ‘Girl Next Door’ featuring Tiwa Savage. The single is produced by Maleek Berry and Co-written by Fena Gitu and the visuals directed by Unlimited L.A.

Firstly we can only assume that this collaboration come about from the many shots, shot by Biene, his endless declaration of love to Tiwa obviously got to her faster than Don Jazzy’s own to Rihanna but before we get carried away, we absolutely love the direction of this album thus far and can only hope that it also features collaboration from across Africa.

I also love seeing the group in a different setting enjoying life and as always producing outstanding music.

Check out the video below.

Jidenna – ‘Boomerang’

Bang, bang, boomerang
Do you love or hate me now, babe
Bang, bang, boomerang
I can’t believe it all began with a joke and champagne
I really never cared about it
If you plantin’ or plantain

Jidenna! is certified bae so anything he releases has to make it to my playlist simple fact only. I am still recovering over the shambles that One Africa presented earlier in the year that saw him not perform at the SSE Wembley Arena but as always he delivers and with an EP release Boomerang he released the title track  check out the video below that features some amazing choreography

The song sounds like it has a small sample of Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’ maybe some of the more keen ears can confirm that or not although the fact the song is produced by Diplo explains that fact away.

The video is based on a couple who dance their woes away when their car breaks down, Jidenna makes a little cameo at the end of the videos as a bobblehead.

Jidenna’s Boomerang EP Tracklist

1. “Decibels”
2. “Boomerang”
3. “Spy Candy” Feat. Tiwa Savage
4. “Bambi Too” Feat. Maleek Berry, Quavo and Sarkodie
5. “Little Bit More (Remix)” Feat. Burna Boy
6. “Out of Body” Feat. Wale and Dot Cromwell

 

REVIEW: SHUGA

Shuga cast

So MTV Shuga finally received its long awaited premier on December 1st 2013, with a fresh new location and faces. For anyone who missed the memo Shuga Series two was the setup to moving the series to Nigeria following the character Femi on his return to Lagos with a secret that has changed his life.

MTV Shuga has a strong and vital message behind the series and it would be petty to completely overshadow this review with an analysis of the characters and techniques, well before we get to the analysis lets give credit where its due and that is in maintaining a mainstream show on a popular network that raises awareness on HIV and AIDs.

The show has definitely moved into a more melodramatic “Nollywood” production feel the overacting and lack of acting experience that comes across from a number of actors is hard to ignore.  Let’s not forget that Shuga series one gave the world Lupita Nyong’o, Nick Mutuma and Anto Neo Soul.

From the premier on MTV Shuga both on air and online my phone set off buzzing with messages of opinions and request for the link to watch the series, on my part  I was disappointed that the production moved from Nairobi as it was just setting a momentum and beginning to set itself aside as a production to be rivaled with challenging the standards of productions and placing Kenyan actors on a world stage, I mean ‘Shuga’ has been aired on MTV globally, BET and the African Channel.

To catch up on the series so far follow the link  Shuga series 3

Episode One: Homecoming

'Shuga' Finds A New Home

Shuga-MTV-Africa

Television series ‘Shuga’ has found a new home in Nigeria. The changes were announced in July 2013 and open cast auditions started taking place, the news is bitter sweet (please note that I am partial when it comes to Kenya) although still based in Africa it seems like a lose for a country that is starting to build a strong Film and Television Industry that can compete on a global scale.

The full cast is yet to be reveled although it is expected a number of the original cast members will feature in the third series but a predominantly Nigerian cast and crew is expected with Biyi Bandele director of the screen adaptation  “Half of a Yellow Sun”, set to direct the 8-part series. As always Music, Power and Politics will be watching and supporting the cause behind the series promoting safe sexual health awareness. If you have not yet had a chance to watch the show it is available online; follow the link below.

Series 1: Shuga MTV

Series 2: Shuga MTV